Dear staff, faculty, students and university guests,

As the end of the academic year approaches, we want to thank you for your continued efforts to help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recently celebrated our 2020 graduates with a socially distant, in-person commencement, and we are preparing to celebrate our May 2021 graduates over the next two weekends. It has been encouraging to see a return to some of our most cherished university traditions.

COVID-19 vaccines have become available to the general public in Missouri, and we are pleased to see that Boone County not only ranks highest in the state for the percentage of people having received one shot, but is also near the top for the percentage of people fully vaccinated. For those interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, MU Health Care has an abundance of vaccines available, and an appointment can be scheduled very easily.

In light of new guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our local Boone County public health officials, wearing face coverings outside is no longer required on campus, although it is still encouraged that you use a face covering if you are within 6 feet of someone you do not live with, particularly if you are not vaccinated and if you are with that individual for 15 minutes or longer. It is also still recommended that individuals avoid large outside crowds where social distancing is not possible.

For the time being, face coverings and social distancing will still be required while indoors on campus. It is important to remember that daily symptom monitoring, hand hygiene and staying home if you feel ill are, and will continue to be, basic practices that will help protect both ourselves and our fellow students, faculty and staff. For the latest information, please see all of our COVID safety requirements and guidelines.

While vaccination is an important step toward keeping our community safe, we must continue to stay vigilant and take common sense safety precautions until more members of our community are fully vaccinated.

In the midst of the ever-evolving pandemic, we will continue to adapt our guidance in accordance with local, state and national health guidance and our local situation. As local public health conditions continue to improve, all students, faculty and staff are reminded to check the Show Me Renewal website regularly for the latest information, guidance and campus updates.

Stay safe and go Tigers!

M-I-Z

Mark Diedrich, Incident Commander
MU Incident Command Team

John Middleton, Operations Section Chief
MU Incident Command Team